Monthly Archives: February 2020

Cape May Campus Provides Information About SAGES Program

Dr. Tammy DeFranco the Director of Student Services on our Cape May Campus made a presentation to the Cape May Library. The presentation was focused on Career Exploration and our SAGES (Senior Adult Gaining Education and Stimulation) program. The group was very receptive and Dr.DeFranco was well received. For more information about our SAGES program please visit

Black History Month Essay Contest Winner

On February 25th the Atlantic Cape Worthington Campus had a wonderful tribute to Black History Month with an essay contest. The topic was What is your Dream for your Education, Family and for America? There were twelve finalists in the competition who read their essays. Anthony Ashley won first place with an emotional essay about some of his own dreams.

“I have a dream that all things will come together for the good and that we will continue to grow in harmony. Never forgetting to love our families, never forgetting to learn something new, and never ever forgetting to protect the delicate minds of our future leaders.”- Anthony Ashley

Each finalist received a trophy and Anthony was presented a Chromebook for his award winning essay.

Atlantic Cape Alumni Named 2019 G.S.A.C. Woman of the Year

Idalis Santanta, 2019 Alumni of Atlantic Cape was awarded the Garden State Athletic Conference 2019 Woman of the Year Award on February 9th.  Idalis was nominated by Lisa Givens, Women Athlete Academic Advisor. Based on her overall GPA, character and campus involvement Idalis was bestowed this honor.   The award ceremony was held on the campus of Seton Hall University and highlighted over 900 women and girls in sports from each high school, 4 and 2 year colleges in the state of New Jersey.

Givens stated “it was an honor to be present with Idalis and her family, Dr. Pedro and Kewy Santana as she accepted this prestigious award”.

Dr. Barbara Gaba Meets with Legislators to Advocate for Community Colleges

Atlantic Cape Community College President Dr. Barbara Gaba along with Trustee Harrison Furman and Alumni Trustee Ahmet Sahingoz with Congressman Jeff Van Drew  

(Washington, D.C.) February 17, 2020 – Atlantic Cape County Community College President Dr. Barbara Gaba recently attended the National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. to advocate for community colleges. The three-day event brought together more than 1,000 community college leaders and highlighted the importance of the country’s community colleges to Congress and the Administration.

Dr. Gaba was joined by Atlantic Cape Trustee Harrison Furman and Alumni Trustee Ahmet Sahingoz and met with US Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Jeff Van Drew.  

During the summit, attendees heard from members of Congress, political analysts, and featured speakers about legislative issues impacting community colleges. The community college federal legislative priorities this year include investing in education and workforce development and also reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, closely examining Pell Grants and other cost-factors.  Enacting the Dream Act, which provides a path to citizenship for undocumented young people including those currently in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, is also a top priority.

The National Legislative Summit is the premier advocacy event in DC, and aims to inform and educate community college leaders on federal policy issues that impact their institutions and students.

The Oakcrest High School Gospel Choir Rocks Worthington Campus

Worthington campus continued their celebration of Black History Month on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The Oakcrest High School Gospel Choir of Mays Landing, NJ sang to an audience of more than 60 students and staff. Richard Tinsley teacher of vocal music/music composition assembled forty-two 9-12 graders to perform the mini-concert. The choir sang a total of seven stimulating and powerful gospel/spiritual genre musical selections that engaged the entire audience. When the special select choir sang Rockin’ Jerusalem by Stacy Gibbs, the audience stood to their feet and gave a resounding standing ovation. The musical arrangement was magnificent and the vocals were exceptionally outstanding. It was truly a breathtaking performance! 

The History of Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Music served a variety of functions in the antebellum African-American community. Slaves frequently sang to communicate in code when their overseers and masters were listening. When Harriet Tubman wished to inform her fellow slaves that she planned to escape to the North, she could not speak plainly because her master was present, so she sang: “I’m bound for de promised land”, and “On the other side of Jordan.” Singing also served as a medium for the preservation of African culture.

In June 2008, Congress recognized September as Gospel Music Heritage Month, observing in its legislation that the message, rhythms, and melodies of gospel music can be traced to multiple and diverse influences and foundations, including African-American spirituals. Gospel music has reached the world level today and the greatest melodies and most stimulating songs have been given to our Nation and the World through the African American experience. 

A gigantic thank you to Dean Natalie Devonish for providing refreshments, Silvia Schottinger for attending with her entire ESL Civics Grant class, Worthington faculty for encouraging their students to support this event and SGA for their continued financial support for student activities. 

Vita M. Stovall, Program Coordinator and Social Sciences Instructor

Sharpening Their Skills

It was a good time at both of the Knife Skills classes at our Mays Landing and Cape May Campuses. Classes were taught how to properly hold and use knives, while making delicious food and enjoying the evening. Don’t miss out on our upcoming culinary classes including Afghan Cuisine Cooking ClassPizza & Stromboli Cooking Class – Mays Landing and our Academy of Culinary Arts Open House – February 17! Come join us in the fun everyone is welcome.

The “Twin Poets” Captivate An Audience On Our Mays Landing Campus

To celebrate Black History Month our Mays Landing Campus once again welcomed the Twin Poets. These inspirational brothers captivated an audience with their messages of hope and inspiration. Thank you to everyone who came out on February 4th to hear The Twin Poets 2020 – Our Voices Matter. It was a moving and authentic experience that touched everyone in the room. Thank you to Al & Nnamdi for sharing their gift of spoken word poetry with us. #BlackHistoryMonth

RedOut Basketball Games Show Our School Spirit

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Men’s & Women’s RedOut Basketball Games on February 6th – including the psychology class that wore red to show their support since they had class during the game! Go Bucs!

A.C. Native Celebrates Black History Month With Her Documentary On The City

Our Worthington campus celebrated Black History Month on February 5, 2020, with a film documentary of Atlantic City presented by Turiya S.A. Raheem, English Instructor. The documentary she co-produced with Media Mobilizing out of Philadelphia was called “Ourside, the other Atlantic City.” No other history of Atlantic City has been written to shed light on the migration and achievements and contributions that Black families made in this popular resort prior to the casino era, until Turiya’s commentary. Mrs. Raheem’s illuminating reconstruction of the Northside history was very enlightening and will be a valuable contribution to the literature on Atlantic City, NJ. After the presentation, Turiya engaged with the students by asking them questions about what they learned from the documentary on Atlantic City. Many students in the audience never knew the history of Atlantic City and were thankful to Mrs. Raheem for sharing the story.

A big thank you to Natalie Devonish, Dean Worthington Campus & Workforce Development for providing the refreshments and SGA for their continual support in funding student activities. 

Run Away for 24 Hours to Washington, D.C. (Part 1) – The Traveling Adjunct

Heading to DC for a quick getaway, but interested in doing more than the usual tourist stuff? Here are some suggestions for spending 24 hours in the nation’s capital!


11:30am: Arrival

We parked our car at our hotel and off we went! We were staying downtown (near the White House) so we took a $10 ride share over to the market to save time for our first stop of the day.

Noon: Check out a Farmers Market

What? A farmers market? In DC? Yup! Eastern Market! Okay, so Eastern Market isn’t strictly a “farmers market”, but in addition to fresh produce, you can find all sorts of arts and crafts at the outdoor section. There’s also an indoor section that sells meats, etc. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the market’s been around for 136 years! There are all sorts of restaurants and cafes, so stay around for lunch like we did! 225 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

1:30 pm: Lunch … and dessert: Head to the District….District Taco!

Yeah, District Taco is a chain restaurant in DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but my burrito was delish. Besides, we were really hungry and in the mood for Mexican food. I had a veggie and guacamole burrito and my husband had a grilled chicken burrito bowl. Lunch was about $25 and it fueled us for our walk. The District Taco we ate at was near the Eastern Market.

Oh, and we had to get some gelato, because, well, just because…

Still at Eastern Market, we stopped at Pitango Gelato where I had a scoop of rhubarb and a scoop of matcha (it sounds odd, but the tart of the rhubarb went well with the sweet of the matcha). Hubby, ever predictable, had stracciatella.

3:00 pm: Go green with envy at the United States Botanic Garden

To escape the blistering heat, we decided to take a stroll through the free U.S. Botanic Garden. First envisioned by George Washington, it wasn’t until 1820 that the U.S. Congress established the U.S. Botanic Garden. It’s one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001.

6:00 p.m. Happy Hour!

While neither one of us is a big drinker, we headed to happy hour at Fig & Olive for aperitivos! (that’s just fancy for happy hour!) An upscale chain in DC, New York and Los Angeles (among other places), there were tons of locals. I had a Champs de Fraises (Sparkling Wine with Strawberry Confiture, Elderflower Liqueur, Citrus Bitters & Earl Grey Tea) and Hubby had a Rosselini (Passion Fruit Vodka, Blood Orange Juice, Lime Juice). They were both awesome! And we had a little bowl of mixed olives with our drinks…mmmmm.

We stayed for dinner, which wasn’t as delish as the drinks, so we each had another drink. This time, I had a Soulflower (Gin, Rosemary, Honey, Lemon Juice, Aquafaba Foam & Lavender Bitters) and Hubby had the Fig & Olive (Muddled Grapes, Basil, Lemon Juice, Gin, Lillet Blanc)… and then we promptly returned to our hotel and fell sleep!

* Aquafaba is the liquid left over from cooking beans…. you know, the liquid in the can most of us pour down the drain!

Come back next month to find out what we did in the second part of our “run away”!




Tina Vignali is an English as a Second Language adjunct at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. She writes a monthly travel-themed column for the CommuniCator. You can follow her trips around the block and journeys around the world in her travel blog